The Northern Arizona University track and field team had its third participant of the week compete at the NCAA track and field championships taking place at the University of Oregon.

This time representing the Lumberjacks was Weston Strum in the 5,000-meter race.

Strum ended his career at Northern Arizona finishing in 11th place with a time of 13:55.93.

"Weston ran his guts out today," said Eric Heins, director of cross country and track and field for NAU. "He ran close to two-flat his last 800 and it was good enough for 11th, so the top guys were running 1:54. I am proud of the way he approached his training and his dedication to the program this year. Weston is going to be hard to replace."

Strum got out to a strong start. The senior was in third place through the first four laps of the race.

"The race went exactly how I wanted it to," Strum said. "I sat in third for almost the entire race and I was not worried if someone passed me because I just wanted to stay in lane one for the finish."

Northern Arizona's final competitor at the championships is Julia Viberg in the discus. The event will begin at 1:35 p.m. today and can be seen on ESPN2.


COACHES CARAVAN

The Northern Arizona University Athletics Department will be rolling through the state of Arizona during its annual NAU Coaches Caravan tour and hopes that Lumberjack Nation will come out in full force when it hits your city. The caravan will make its first stop in San Diego on Monday, June 29, before making several stops in the Grand Canyon State.

Now, fans and alumni of Northern Arizona will have the opportunity to hear from NAU’s head coaches first hand during the summer Coaches Caravan tour as they recap the past year, preview the future and continue the Blue & Gold momentum.

NAU Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos, head football coach Jerome Souers, head men’s basketball coach Jack Murphy and head women’s basketball coach Sue Darling will be on site. Also, there will be special guest appearances throughout the caravan tour from additional NAU coaches and administration.

Each stop in the tour is free for all fans to attend. A Flagstaff date will be set for August in the near future. For more information, contact Director of Marketing Will Price at (928) 523-3389 or William.Price@nau.edu. Visit www.nauathletics.com for the list of times and dates.

PARTNERSHIP

The Northern Arizona University Athletics Department has announced a five-year partnership with Arizona State Credit Union, beginning July 1.

The Credit Union will serve as the Gold Sponsor for all ticketed athletic events, with partnership proceeds benefiting NAU students and the Flagstaff community. This partnership will last through 2020, with an option to extend for another five years at that time.

As part of the partnership, Arizona State Credit Union will provide new and engaging opportunities for members, students, alumni and fans alike to experience athletics at NAU like never before. Whether it is on game days or in select Arizona State Credit Union branches in northern Arizona, this partnership will combine the energy and passion shared by both parties to enhance the overall experience for the community.

Some specific benefits Flagstaff community members will be able to take advantage of include:

-- Students can win a year of free tuition by making a half-court shot at a home basketball game.

-- Faculty and staff will be eligible for special financial product pricing offers.

-- Local business clients and alumni will have access to a VIP tent at home football games that will feature appearances by Louie the Lumberjack, NAU cheerleaders and band members.

-- Registration opportunities to win tickets to football and basketball games at Flagstaff Credit Union branches

Additionally, the partnership includes a comprehensive multimedia sponsorship, a commitment to the Lumberjack Athletic Association, and professional development and financial training for NAU student-athletes throughout their athletic career.

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